Rapping comedian Zach Sherwin released a rap about Serial over the show’s theme song yesterday, just in time for the show’s finale on Thursday. (It’s a great idea — the song makes for an awesome beat!) Sherwin addresses most of the conversations that have surrounded the podcast: The exploitation of Hae Min Lee’s death for entertainment, how much more informed host Sarah Koenig has been than the audience and what her strategy has been in releasing the information she has, and the fact that the show has barely touched the issue of race despite the fact that most of the people discussed on the show are people of color from diverse backgrounds. And, of course, the fact that the show is totally engrossing and addictive – goodness knows, listening to it has been one of my white-guilty pleasures for the last three months.
Regarding the note that Sherwin ends on: We really don’t know what’s going to happen during the show on Thursday, and I’m anxious that it’s going to end without a real conclusion. What do you think? Speculate in the comments! [YouTube]
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Dear Iggy Azalea,
I was a Black child of the ’90s who grew up on hip-hop and R&B. Some of my favorite adolescent memories were set to the soundtrack of the likes of Toni Braxton, Tupac, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Nas. I may have only been seven-years-old when DJ Kool announced, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” but I was always right on time with the chorus as the beat dropped. I Hammer-timed and sang along to “Baby Got Back” while shaking my booty in the mirror. These “Black” music genres gave me an identity to be proud of. It taught me how to display and be proud of my culture and heritage. These “Black” genres were dominated and represented by people who looked like me — and those “Black genres” were at the top of America’s music charts. It was a true phenomenon to behold; a very recent freedom acquired by Black Americans after a long history of musical and cultural theft by Whites. I am the byproduct of that freedom: confident, strong and unapologetically Black. Sadly, today’s Black youth will not have the chance to see themselves in the music created by their people — a cyclical, unbreakable White tradition of theft and appropriation has once again taken that from them. And you are part of the problem. Keep reading »
Okay, so it’s not a “cover” per se, as the entire song is spliced together from news clips of both anchors, but it doesn’t matter — it’s tight. Especially the part where Lester Holt comes in and the two are dueting. “Hotel, motel, Holiday Innnn…” SO GOOD. Jimmy Fallon is seriously bringing it his first week on the job at “The Tonight Show,” huh?
Everything about “Achy Breaky 2″ — the “hip hop” version of “Achy Breaky Heart” by the rapper Buck 22 and Billy Ray Cyrus — is an embarrassment to vibrations we call “sound.” I don’t think anyone would call this monstrosity “hip hop.” Or country music. Or a song, really. From the sexy alien ladies twerking, to the appearance by Larry King, to the reference to his daughter Miley’s song “Wrecking Ball,” it’s more like a cesspool of poor decision-making. Watch — and listen! — at your own risk. The Cyrus family might be a greater threat to the quality of American pop culture than originally thought. [YouTube]